‘Amelie’ Musical to Star Samantha Barks in Berkeley Premiere

Amelie musical Samantha Barks
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The brewing musical adaptation of 2002 Miramax film “Amelie” has founds its lead in Samantha Barks, the actress who played fan-favorite character Eponine in the 2012 movie version of “Les Miserables.”

She’ll star alongside Adam Chanler-Berat (“Peter and the Starcatcher”), among others, in the world premiere of the musical set to bow this fall at Berkeley Rep. No Broadway plans for the show have yet been set, but the production seems certain to makes it way there should it prove well received at the regional theater in Berkeley, Calif.

“Amelie” comes from a creative team that includes director Pam MacKinnon — whose recent Broadway work includes plays “The Heidi Chronicles” and “A Delicate Balance” — and book writer Craig Lucas, recently nominated for a Tony for his book to “An American in Paris.” Daniel Messe (of the band Hem) writes the music, with lyrics by Messe and Nathan Tyson (“The Burnt Part Boys”).

Barks, who appeared in “Chicago” at the Hollywood Bowl, has starred on the London stage in recent productions including “City of Angels” and “Cabaret.” Randy Blair, Alison Cimmet, Carla Duren, John Hickok, Alyse Alan Louis and Paul Whitty also will appear in the cast.

“Amelie” begins previews Aug. 28 ahead of a Sept. 11 opening at Berkeley Rep, which has previously served as a launchpad for Broadway fare that has included “American Idiot” and “In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play.”

 

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  1. stevenkovacs says:

    Great news! Samantha is an accomplished, respected singer and a wonderful actress!

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